The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) says there have been more than 10,000 cases of coronaviruses in Australia so far, of which more than 4,000 people have died.
ABS chief statistician Ian Chubb says the data shows there have also been more cases of serious disease.
“The data shows that more than a million Australians are affected by coronaviral disease, and that’s the highest number of cases reported in any country in the world,” he said.
The ABS also says there are about 500,000 Australians in the country who have tested positive for the virus.
Mr Chubb said there were about 10,200 people who had tested positive in Australia, of whom about 500 had died.
“This number is higher than the numbers reported in the US, and it is higher in Europe,” he told the ABC.
He said the numbers were a “preliminary” tally, and would change over time.
In an update to its website, the ABS said more than 1,600 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in Australia over the past week, of an average of 4.7 per day.
Cases in the past 12 hours include two more people who died.